If Anglicans are really functional independents…

Aug 14, 2019 by

by Stephen Kneale:

I have been interested to read some views on remaining in the Church of England from Evangelical voices recently. These are not standalone comments from single individuals but are categories and arguments that I have seen advanced from a number of different sources. In my opinion, there are significant questions for these positions.

The view, which comes in a few different hues, we might call the ‘effective independent’ position. The argument insists that, in reality, each individual local church essentially acts as an independent entity. They argue the Church of England is not really a denomination and thus whatever the Church of England decides to do is really an irrelevance. There is, they aver, the local church and the universal church (a view held by independents). Thus, they argue, we are in effect independents functioning independently of the Church of England hierarchy.

Interesting as that position is, here are a few questions that arise from it:

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